How to Find the Right Criminal Defense Lawyer
There were more than 190,000 crimes reported in Alabama in 2011, a seven percent increase from the previous year. In this state, a criminal conviction has severe consequences, permanently damaging a person’s reputation, career and life. Whether you are seeking a lawyer for yourself or for a loved one, finding a good match can mean the difference between the accused spending time in jail or walking away with a not guilty verdict.
To find the right criminal defense lawyer for yourself or for a loved one, consider the following:
- Don’t be fooled by marketing. A bigger ad doesn’t mean a better lawyer. Some of the best criminal defense attorneys get much of their business through referrals and repeat offenders. Don’t pick a lawyer just because of flashy ads. Select one with a solid reputation, high success rate and the time to listen to you.
- Shop around. You do not have to hire the first attorney you meet. Take the time to meet with a few attorneys to see who best explains the criminal process to your understanding and with whom you are most comfortable.
- Experience and qualifications. Find a lawyer with at least 10 years experience handling criminal law cases. Ask prospective lawyers how many trials they have handled, particularly jury trials, which are far more complex. Even within the area of criminal defense, you will find that some lawyers have specialties. If you are dealing with a capital murder case or a felony that could result in significant jail time, don’t hire a lawyer who only has experience with petty theft.
- You get what you pay for. Even if the accused qualifies for a public defender, think about hiring an attorney. Keep in mind that even the best public defenders carry caseloads three times greater than recommended and don’t have the time and resources to provide the best defense. It costs more to hire a top-notch private attorney, but freedom is worth the expense.
Although our office can certainly handle minor offenses, we focus on serious felonies including drug-related crimes and sex crimes. We have even helped save clients from execution in capital murder cases. Your initial consultation is always free. Call our office today to see if we are the best fit for you.